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NUM, workers agree deal at Gold Fields

2012-09-21 22:07

Johannesburg - The leadership of the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) signed a memorandum of understanding with striking workers at KDC East mine, Gold Fields said on Friday evening.

Spokesperson Billy Jacobs said the memorandum meant that the strike was at an end and workers would resume their duties on Tuesday.

NUM president Senzeni Zokwana, however, said: "It does not necessarily mean that the strike is over, it is just an understanding".

On Friday afternoon, a NUM team met the representatives of the striking workers, but some of the workers did not agree to the conditions.

Zokwana said that some of the workers might have been inebriated because the meeting was held so late, and so another meeting was scheduled for Saturday morning.

At this meeting the team would engage with workers to try to persuade them to accept the terms of the memorandum.

As such, it would be clearer on Saturday whether there was any progress toward ending the strike.

Earlier, another Gold Fields' spokesperson Sven Lunsche said the company would continue to support the engagements between the NUM and workers.

The company could decide as early as next week what action could be taken if workers did not return to work.

Workers at Gold Fields have been on a wildcat strike for 11 days, in demand of a monthly salary of R12 500 after deductions.

Comments
  • martin.green.522 - 2012-09-21 22:14

    Not so sure that any of these unions still have an idea what they are doing!

      joubert.joep - 2012-09-22 03:42

      No I am sure they do not! Make the minimum wage R20500 then no company will be able to survive and no investments will be made.

      yamkela.ngqengqa.1 - 2012-09-22 09:06

      These are all lies as an employee of the company the strike continues until the employer agrees on our demands

  • amos.mo.3 - 2012-09-22 05:54

    CDEs! NUM is affiliatd under COSATU, nd cosatu is a trade union under a rulling party ANC whle lead/presidentyz by zuma, let me remind u smthng CDEs! HE PROMISE, HE FAIL,WE PROTEST, HE KILL US, THEN AFTER HE DELIVER.

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-09-22 07:15

      Yes, he delivers a eulogy, that his speech writer wrote, at your funeral and moves on to the next scandal.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-22 07:55

      And so on, and on. The demon is section 95 of the Labour Relations Act which makes registration of maverick unions too easy. But if COSATU expects this law to be stiffened, it must do a better ongoing conciliation job.

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-09-22 07:30

    Good strategy! Don't negotiate with them when they're drunk and intractable, hit them when they're hungover.

  • vusik1 - 2012-09-22 16:58

    Point of correction, the Gold Fields striking workers are at KDC West not KDC East as you guys are reporting it here, KDC East is Kloof Gold Mine and KDC West Is Driefontain Gold Mine and the strike is at Driefontain Mine, hence KDC stands for Kloof Driefontain Complex!

  • bongani.bongza.940 - 2012-09-22 17:10

    num sign not workers,workers stil on strike

  • vusik1 - 2012-09-23 05:12

    Dear South African Citizens and the Citizens of the world, the truth of the matter is that, it's only fair that the mining industry workforce should fight the cheap labour issue, I mean if the least Australian worker, (general worker), could earn R35000.00, why not our workers here at, we all exposed to the same dangers, Me included being one of the mine worker, we all going in the belly of the Earth to extract precious metals, now the funny thing here in SA is that they using us SA citizens to expose ourselves to the dangers faced underground and for what?, for that loose change they paying us while the shareholders are profiting billions of our country's wealth and the executives earning couple of millions in an annum sitting in cosy officies with airconditions, something is wrong here something should happen to address this injustice. Viva mine workforce Viva!!!

      pule.isaac.10 - 2012-09-24 11:24

      True,unity is the only weapon to fihgt this exploitation we are sick

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